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in entitlement programs like social security and medicare. joining me is a liberal senator from rhode island, senator sheldon whis whitehouse of rhode island. you're smiling but i don't know whether it's in delight you're going to be a holdout. a friend of mine, frank sullivan, regularly tells me about the unemployment situation in your state, the need a lot of seniors have to have rely on medicare and medicaid and social security. is that going to be your position. no deal if it involves those programs? >> well, i think the president has already said that social security should be outside of this discussion. it has not contributed to the deficit, and it shouldn't be part of the discussion. i think the press office said that the other day. we completely agree with that. we should set social security aside. it is solvent for decades and by simply kicking in the social security tax above $250,000 you can make it solvent or decades more. so that's less of an issue i think in reality than it is in the long time republican desire to attack it whenever they can. remember, this is a party that trie
security and medicare. many key players are talking more defiantly on these issues since the election. nancy pelosi for example flatly said she wouldn't go along with a deal that didn't raise tax rates on the rich. let's watch the former speaker. >> we've seen talk about a possible compromise that would leave rates the same but cap deductions for high income earners. is that something that's acceptable? >> no. >> not at all? no way? >> i mean, the president made it very clear in his campaign that there is not enough -- there are not enough -- what you just described is a formula and a blueprint for hampering our future. >> okay. senate majority leader harry reid said social security should be completely off the table. let's watch the senate leader. >> i've told anyone that will listen, including everyone in the white house, including the president, that i am not going to be part of having social security as part of these talks. >> okay. the president is feeling the pressure to stick to his guns but how much room does he have to reach a compromise before the end of the year? and will t
emboldened. they want to see taxes go up on the rich. they want to protect programs like medicare and medicaid. will they give president obama room to negotiate some kind of deal that gets through this hell coming january 1st. they say they won, the other side lost, they're going to fight. >>> plus democrats are moving to end the so-called silent filibuster which republicans have used to quietly say if you don't have 60 votes, you ain't going nowhere. this is the big question, if they're successful, it's possible, it's possible the democrats will be able to get some things done. we'll talk about that in a minute. they're going to be just like jimmy stewart finally. they're going to force them to actually filibuster like they did in "mr. smith goes to washington." anytime they really want to shut down the senate. >>> and the democrats considered least likely to win back her senate seat beats the odds, and i think thanks to todd akin, and is back for a second term. our friend, the great claire mccaskill, joins us tonight, the senator from missouri. >>> what's the first sound you hea
the country's tax code and consider ways to keep the costs in social security and medicare under control. white males of the republican party will be arguing to reduce benefits while women and minority will make a case for keeping the safety net where it is. the irony is men and women have the same political power, historically. all live longer than men. in the old folks home there's one guy there -- >> very popular guy. >> his ears are enormous. all these women are there because they tend to live longer and they have an interest in social security and medicare more than men do. >> and we're also poorer. at the middle of our lives and end of our lives, we're poorer, so we rely on safety net programs and we need them. women have been much more -- going back to the reagan election of 1980 that's when you saw the gender gap because the social safety net was being threatened and women do vote. it's not only or mainly abortion, choice or contraception. it's economic issues. those come in to play, too. so i think this is -- we have today, another data point, where stuart stevens in washington
yes. how can the republicans sell them a philosophy of don't help the poor cut back medicare and cut back social security. those groups don't believe in that -- >> i'm not sure -- i think you're generalized african-americans have a history of the federal government on civil rights and winning the civil war, going back that far with lincoln believing in the federal government. latinos, people from latin countries have a great suspicion of government. >> the polli showses that latinos are actually polling closer to african-americans on that issue. ms in the campaign it wasn't just immigration on economic issues latinos are polling like african-americans. >> they did in this campaign, joy, but the republicans have a lot of opportunities to get back into this and democrats should not be cocky about this with some refashioning they can appeal to people's self-reliance. >> because they have to, john you're making you do it because you have to. politicians who have any survivalrn to in new york great support from minorities and people like that who just
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for medicare. then you can have a system where you can go up to 70 years old. if the republicans cooperate and really force a system of health care exchanges, these health care superstores where you have real competition and you can drive down the premiums that are charged to individuals and small businesses. i mean, we have a real opportunity here. this is a great moment and, you know, i congratulate the senator for the pioneering work that he's done on this issue in the past. >> you know, we have to go but, senator, i want to congratulate you for voting for simpson/bowles. you and people like dick durbin, i have tremendous respect for you to stick your neck out and say something a lot of politicians won't do. it isn't perfect, but it's where we have to go. thank you so much for coming on. senator tom coburn, who, again, my kids seem to love for some reason. thank you very much for coming on, and joe klein of "time" magazine. >>> up next, can president obama turn his voters into fighters? this will be fascinating. i found out how great the ground game was in florida. can he put this groun
the government out of your -- don't help the poor, get rid of medicare, cut back social security, the problem is, those groups don't believe in that. i don't know how -- just having a minority isn't going to help them. >> african-americans have a history of relying on the federal government to enforce civil rights. >> absolutely. >> a lot of things the government did and winning the civil war, goes back that far with lincoln believing in the federal government. but i think latinos, a lot of people coming from latin countries have a great suspicion of government. there's not an automatic belief their the good guys. >> latinos are polling closer to african-americans on those issue. that was one of the other problems, it wasn't just immigration. on economic issues latinos are starting to pull towards arch can americans. >> democrats should not be cocky about this with some refashioning of their party they can appeal to people's values of self-reliance. >> you know why they will do it because they have to, john. you're making the point i would like to make. you do it because you have to. politicians
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